NGC 4900 -- Barred Spiral Galaxy in Virgo
Circular Glow Next to a Faint Star
The Barred Spiral Galaxy, NGC 4900, appeared as a very faint circular smudge at the eyepiece.
At its edge rests an 11th magnitude star that suggests a possible supernova. It is, however, a
star that belongs to our galaxy that just happens to be along the same line of sight. I could not
convince myself that I could make out the core of the galaxy. I drew a faint dot at the center (you
will have to increase the size of the drawing to see it), but I am not 100% sure it was actually
seen – if it was -- it was a fleeting ghost when viewed at 137x. Something to confirm when I visit
this galaxy on another night.